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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Extinct Bird Found Before Being Eaten

Figures. A precious thing, possibly the last of its kind, enjoyed for a few minutes by a human being, then destroyed by another.

A rare quail from the Philippines was photographed for the first time before being sold as food at a poultry market, experts say.

Found only on the island of Luzon, Worcester's buttonquail was known solely through drawings based on dated museum specimens collected several decades ago.

Scientists had suspected the species—listed as "data deficient" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's 2008 Red List—was extinct.

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